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What Sort Of Disease Is Cholangitis
Inflamed bile ducts: Cholangitis can be caused by bile duct inflammation from infections, blockage of ducts by stones, rarely by strictures ( benign or from cancer), it is also seen in patients with ulcerative colitis as primary sclerosing cholangitis. The treatment depends on the condition causing cholangitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is an infection of the bile ducts. Usually there is an obstruction of the bile ducts. Most commonly this is caused by a gallstone, although there are other rarer causes. It can be life threatening. If you have pain in your right upper quadrant, a fever and are jaundiced, ...Read more
Is primary sclerosing cholangitis only associated with severe Ulcerative Colitis? Or is it associated with mild disease too?
With all UC: It is associated with UC regardless of how bad it is. That being said, you don't need to have UC to get PSC. ...Read more
Usually: Cholangitis is bile duct inflammation usually occurring secondary to bile duct obstruction from stones. Bacteria in the bile duct are readily absorbed into the bloodstream from the liver and lead to serious infections. Classic findings are right upper abdominal pain (not unlike a gallbladder attack), fever, and jaundice. Some people are so ill that they are lethargic and have no pain complaints. ...Read more
Bile Duct Infection: Ascending cholangitis describes an infection in the bile duct, usually secondary to obstruction. Common causes include bile duct stones, strictures, or tumors. These infections can be very serious because bacteria readily enter the bloodstream from the liver. Rx includes antibiotics +/-relief of the obstruction via endoscopy (ercp). ***sclerosing cholangitis is an unrelated inflammatory dz***. ...Read more
What kind?: Cholangitis (bile duct infection) from a gallstone that got stuck along the way is a serious, acute problem. Rx involves antibiotics and removal of the stone (often with a special endoscopy procedure-ercp), and/or surgery. Sclerosing cholangitis is a different thing altogether. Chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory bile duct condition, often assoc with inflam bowel. Difficult issue. See GI specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain,Fever,Jaundice: Cholangitis is an infection in the bile ducts that occurs with blockage of the bile duct, typically due to stones, tumors, or strictures of the ducts. Bacteria rapidly enter the bloodstream from the liver, causing serious infections. Treatment centers on IV antibiotics, aggressive supportive care, and, occasionally, relief of the blockage (typically performed by gastroenterologists via ercp). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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